AC/DC are back in the studio and “doing something” musically together, according to the band’s longtime engineer Mike Fraser.
Rumours have been circulating about possible new AC/DC material ever since lead vocalist Brian Johnson (who was forced to quit the band’s tour in 2016 due to hearing loss) and ex-drummer Phil Rudd were seen leaving a studio in Vancouver last summer. Guitarists Angus Young and Stevie Young were also spotted outside the same studio the day after, while former bassist Cliff Williams was seen in Vancouver with Johnson back in December.
A new update on what the band might be up to in the studio has now been issued by Fraser, who has worked on every AC/DC studio album since 1990’s ‘The Razors Edge’. Speaking on the Mastering Music Mastering Life podcast late last month, Fraser didn’t deny that the band had been recording recently.
“Well, yeah, I could say that we’ve been in the studio doing something,” Fraser said. “What’s come of that I can’t discuss yet.” Asked if Johnson was back singing vocals, Fraser answered: “I think so.”
Watch the interview with Fraser below – the AC/DC studio chat begins around the 37:30 mark.
Last year, it was reported that the band were working on a new album that will feature the work of their late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young on “every track”, according to “a reliable source inside the AC/DC camp”. The guitarist died in November 2017 after retiring from the band in 2014 due to early onset dementia.
AC/DC’s last studio album, ‘Rock or Bust’, was released back in November 2014.